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Is now a good time to start writing validator test cases systematically?

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 14:15:04 +0300
Message-Id: <AAAB51CB-83AC-46B8-AA55-4F5F28A78646@iki.fi>
To: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

I have developed Validator.nu without a systematic wide-coverage test  
suite, because the conformance definition has been in flux--including  
radical changes like the December content model changes. I would like  
to get good test suite coverage, though.

I have developed a tool for doing full-stack HTML5 validator testing  
for validators that implement the Web service format documented at http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Validator.nu_JSON_Output 
  (i.e. only Validator.nu at this time to my knowledge). The tool  
implements pretty much what was discussed in the validator testing  
unconference session at TPAC last year. The tool has been dormant for  
a while now lacking actual test data.

Are there now areas of the spec where the conformance definition  
should be assumed to be stable enough that it makes sense to write a  
lot of validator tests?

Also: If people already have test cases (preferably under the license)  
that could be used for full-stack (X)HTML5 validator testing, please  
let me know.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Thursday, 5 June 2008 11:16:13 UTC

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